Four Asian American creatives will be awarded with national medals for the arts or humanities at the White House this afternoon.
Actor and producer Mindy Kaling, fashion designer Vera Wang and producer Joan Shigekawa are named recipients of the 2021 National Medals of Arts, while author Amy Tan will be given a 2021 National Humanities Medal. Both medals will be presented in an East Room ceremony at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. president. The National Endowment for the Arts oversees a nomination process on behalf of the White House.
The National Humanities Medal, on the other hand, honors an individual or organization “whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history or literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.” The president selects the winners in consultation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The full lists of awardees can be found here and here. The ceremony will be livestreamed here.